About

LShift is an independent software development company, founded 2000 in Shoreditch, London, long before Silicon Roundabout or Tech City had even been imagined. Founded by developers and designed to provide the conditions in which the best levels of technical services can be offered to clients, our model has proven successful again and again in the many long-standing relationships we have developed with our clients.

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What is Simple?

Consider these quotes: “Any sufficiently complicated program contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp” – Greenspuns Tenth Rule Of Programming “Once you add group by, filter, & join, you can no longer claim to have invented a new query language, only a new dialect of SQL. With worse syntax…

Leads

The 'Lead Developer' is not a just a body in a production line at LShift, but a respected artisan. Our flat management structure places our Lead Developers at the centre of projects. Supported by training in project management methodologies and the counsel of experienced professionals, the Developers use their expertise to direct and shape efficient and successful projects. This amounts to a unique opportunity for Developers to broaden their understanding of commercial issues and build confidence in managing them at a pace tailored to suit their own needs.

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Development

We do not focus on any particular 'preferred' technologies—whether operating systems, databases, or development languages and environments. We do not routinely resell the same technologies to each client, although we have been spending quite a bit of time using messaging-related technologies at present. Our general experience allows us to recommend solutions uniquely tailored to address your business issues.

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RabbitMQ Consulting

LShift offers bespoke consulting for clients using RabbitMQ for the first time, or with large or complex use cases. We were the original authors of RabbitMQ so we have a good understanding of the best way to employ it, as well as, for that matter, any messaging or integration technology.

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Graduates and Interns

We welcome fresh blood and applications from students, or those newly qualified. Lack of experience can be accommodated (and fixed) for those with the right skills and aptitude.

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Join Us

Fantastic opportunities are available for skilled Software Engineers to join LShift in Berlin. Be a part of the most interesting technical team around!

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CodeMesh 2014 Day 1

I was at day 1 of CodeMesh this year (you can see Tim’s report on day 2 here). A quick recap: QOTD: There are 3 fire exits as marked, but we’re confident that Erlang programmers who die will be restarted. Keynote: complexity is outside the code Jessica Kerr & Dan North A good, entertaining talk that…

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CodeMesh 2014 day 2

So, I went to day 2 of CodeMesh this year, James having taken day 1. Here’s a brief round-up of what I saw. Chad Fowler – Keynote “Tiny” An entertaining talk, talking about how the concept of “seven plus or minus two” applies in all sorts of categories of things (although Chad definitely leans towards…

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CAN launched

LShift have written a software platform for The Cartesius Advisory Network (CAN), a new international advisory business that launched this week.

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Putting RabbitMQ in the cloud

Bigwig is now available on Heroku. It’s been a big week for Bigwig! We’re now live on Heroku with plans ranging from a no-cost testing tier through to production-ready services. The Bigwig add-on is powered by the open source RabbitMQ broker and comes with a slew of advantages for developers and organisations: Scale your applications.…

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Typesetr at the Frankfurt Book Fair

LShift and its partners from the Leuphana Inkubator (University of Hamburg) presented Typesetr(™) to a packed session at this year’s Frankfurt Bookfair during the “The Future of Higher Education and Academic Publishing” seminar. Typesetr had just undergone a complete UI refresh and integration with the Zotero citation and bibliography service before the show and so…